Whenever I read advice on overcoming depression/anxiety/low confidence/fear etc., I always see “think of something you do well!”, and I think for a few moments, and I always come up empty, which fuels the depression/anxiety/low confidence/fear etc., because oh god I can’t do ANYTHING.
That in mind… I got a compliment last night, and I want to write it down before I forget it.
Some buddies from my practice group watched the (awesome) class show of some other buddies from my practice group. After the show, in a nearby bar, our conversation turned towards general appreciation for the excellent improvisers we get to play with.
More or less out of the blue, Graham turns to me and says, “No, YOU… you do really awesome characters.”
Startled, I stuttered, “Really? Uh… thanks…!”
“No, I’m serious,” he continued. “Like, when you get on a character, it’s really funny. There was something you did last week… the old lady! That was amazing. I think when you get into a character, it gets you out of your head a little, and frees you up to react in really great ways.”
I blushed. “Wow,” I said. “I… thank you. Really.”
(I should also mention: Graham doesn’t have much tolerance for bullshit and empty compliments. This is trustworthy insight.)